RFS Briefings - September 2017

September 2017 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:

At Google, Employee-Led Effort Finds Men are Paid More than Women, nytimes.com, September 8, 2017
According to new data compiled by Google employees, female staff members are paid less than male staff members at the majority of job levels within the company.

WiSTEM2D Scholars Program, jnjwistem.fluidreview.com, September 6, 2017
The goal of the Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Program is to foster the development of female STEM2D leaders and feed the STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring six women at critical points in their research careers.

Peggy Whitson returns to earth after another record-breaking 288 days in outer space, nytimes.com, September 5, 2017
For nearly two years, Peggy Whitson has lived on aboard the International Space Station. This a monumental accomplishment for her and women astronauts.

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RFS Briefings - August 2017

August 2017 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:

Trump Retains Collins as NIH Director, sciencemag.com, June 6, 2017
President Donald Trumped announced that Francis Collins will stay on as director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program, commonfund.nih.gov, July 2017
The NIH Common Fund announced new funding opportunities for the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program for scientists pursuing highly innovative approaches to address major challenges in biomedical or behavioral research.

A male engineer explains why so many men in Silicon Valley behave so badly toward women, finance.yahoo.com, July 5, 2017
A male engineer discusses why he thinks so many men in Silicon Valley disrespect women in the workplace, saying that the "big money Silicon Valley often throws at young engineers who are right out of college stimulates this 'frat house' mentality."

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RFS Briefings - June 2017

June 2017 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:

Rita Colwell, World-Renowned Microbiologist and Science Leader, to Receive the Vannevar Bush Award, nsf.gov, May 6, 2017
The National Science Board (NSB) announced that Dr. Rita Colwell − a professor at the University of Maryland College Park and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, senior advisor and chairman emeritus at Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc., founder and chairman at CosmosID, Inc., and president of the Rosalind Franklin Society − will receive the 2017 Vannevar Bush Award.

Congress Totally Ignored Trump's Cuts to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funding, theatlantic.com, May 1, 2017
Trump had proposed slashing NIH by $1.2 billion for the rest of 2017 to help pay for his proposed increases in defense spending. Instead, Congress gave NIH an extra $2 billion.

Free ePanel on HIV: Antibody Functions Beyond Neutralization, keystonesymposia.org, May 2017
Register for a free ePanel on HIV: Antibody Functions Beyond Neutralization (from a recent Keystone Symposia) moderated by Dr. Gavriella Scarlatti. Keystone is a member of the Rosalind Franklin Society's Council of Academic Institutions.

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RFS Briefings - May 2017

May 2017 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:

Congress Totally Ignored Trump's Cuts to NIH Funding. theatlantic.com, May 1, 2017
Despite Trump's proposed cuts to the National Institutes of Health, Congress has allocated an additional $2 billion to the agency between now and the end of the fiscal year, targeting research in Alzheimer's disease as well as Obama's big science projects − the Precision Medicine Initiative and the BRAIN Initiative. Another increase is possible once Congress addresses 2018 spending.

Rosalind Franklin Award at 2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology Plenary Program, bio.org, March 21, 2017
The 2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology Plenary Program will take place July 23-26, 2017 in Montreal. Since 2014, the Rosalind Franklin Society has been proud to sponsor the Rosalind Franklin Award, established to honor an outstanding woman in the field of biotechnology Attendees can network with 1,000 global business leaders, investors, and policy makers, participate in sessions and education tracks, and more.

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RFS Briefings - March 2017

March 2017 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:

Mildred Dresselhaus, the Queen of Carbon, Dies at 86, nytimes.com, February 23, 2017
Mildred Dresselhaus, a professor emerita at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, helped transform carbon into the superstar of modern materials science and was renowned for her efforts to promote the cause of women in science. She spoke at a Rosalind Franklin Society Board Meeting. Read more.

Special Women in Science Section in the Journal of Women's Health, Journal of Women's Health (Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers), April 2017. In press
The forthcoming April 2017 issue of the Journal of Women's Health, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., will have a special section on Women's Careers in the Biomedical Sciences. The section will include 7 papers and an NIH Commentary–" Women's Careers in the Biomedical Sciences: Implications for the Economy, Scientific Discovery, and Women's Health." Mary Ann Liebert is founder of the Rosalind Franklin Society.

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